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Honeymoon festivals you need to book now

Make sure your honeymoon is one to remember by tying it in with one  of these incredible festivals…

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Honeymoon festivals you need to book now
The amazing Coachella festival. All images: Getty Images

Always fancied a really amazing honeymoon? Why not tie it in with one of these incredible events? From throwing tomatoes in Spain, toshaking your tail feather at Rio Carnival – these are the best festivals to make your honeymoon once-in-a-lifetimE.

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Coachella Festival
When: 13–16th and 20th–23rd April 2018.
What: You’d have to have been living under a rock for the past couple of years to have missed all the hype around this uber-cool California music festival. Held on two separate weekends in April, the festival attracts some of the coolest headliners around.
Why: A music festival with guaranteed sun? Sounds too good to be true, right? With its Californian desert setting, the sun will always shine on you here, so you and your husband can dance the day away without worrying about wellies or pack-a-macs. This festival is a stylish affair, so embrace it and show them your best ‘Kate Moss at Glastonbury circa 2010’ look. After the event, kick back in sunny Palm Springs, for an extended American adventure.

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New Orleans Mardi Gras
When: 13th February 2018. 
What: Each year, on Shrove Tuesday, the streets of New Orleans are packed with fun parades, live music and colourful floats for the annual Mardi Gras. With its roots in Creole tradition, locals and tourists alike dress up and catch the long beads thrown from the parades and generally get into the party spirit!
Why: Mardi Gras is all about having fun, so if you and your new Mr want to kick married life off with a serious party, this is the place to be! Stick around after the festival to explore everything this magical place has to offer; from the stunning architecture of the French Quarter, to the out-of-the-world food (do not leave here until you’ve tried a po-boy, New Orleans’ most famous sandwich).


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La Tomatina
When: 29th August 2018.
What: Welcome to world’s biggest food fight! If you haven’t heard of this crazy event before, La Tomatina has to be seen to be believed. Every year, on the last Wednesday in August, 20,000 people head to the Spanish town of Bunol to throw more than 100 metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes at each other. Yep, we did say it was crazy…!
Why: La Tomatina is ridiculous amounts of fun and the atmosphere is welcoming, with friendly locals happy to help hose down tomato-splattered passers-by during the giant clean-up! You’ll need to buy a ticket to take part as spaces are limited, and with accommodation being so limited in Bunol, we suggest staying in nearby Valencia, which makes a great base for the rest of your (slightly more chilled) honeymoon.

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Holi Festival
When: 2nd March 2018.
What: Holi – also known as the ‘Festival of Colour’ or ‘Festival of Love’ is a Hindu celebration, marking the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil. It’s famous thanks to the brightly coloured powders revellers throw over each other, creating a serious feast for the eyes. Although Holi is now celebrated in many places across the world, its roots are in India, so for an authentic experience this is the place to head.
Why: It’s pretty special to get the chance to witness such a uniquely beautiful celebration as Holi. Head to Jaipur for a less rowdy affair, and always book with a tour guide who can show you the best bits. India is an amazing destination for a romantic honeymoon, perfect for newlyweds looking for a real adventure.


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Edinburgh Fringe Festival
When: Throughout August 2018.
What: For three weeks every August, Edinburgh is home to thousands of performers for the annual Fringe. From big names to unknowns, the city showcases the weird and wonderful from the world of theatre, comedy, dance, music, circus and more. It’s no exaggeration to say there is something for everyone here!
Why: No one knows how to party quite like the Scots, and Edinburgh is at its best during Fringe. Whether you take in some of the shows or just soak up the atmosphere along Princes Street, you’re guaranteed to have fun – and who wouldn’t want to start married life laughing, hey? Take a break from the crowds and spend your evenings cosied up with your husband in a candlelit bar, with a glass of warming Single Malt.

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Rio Carnival
When: 9th February 2018.
What: A riot of sequins, feathers and colour, Rio is the carnival capital of the world! Each year the streets are filled with dancing, dazzling parades and the sound of samba music, so intoxicating you and your new Mr won’t be able to stop yourselves from joining in!
Why: Although many countries have been inspired by the Carnival, you’ll never experience anything like Rio anywhere else in the world. It’s a non-stop riot of fun and partying that will leave you with huge smiles on your faces. Blast away the post-Carnival hangover with a day spent swimming, sunbathing and people watching on the iconic Copacabana beach.


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Oktoberfest
When: From 15th September–2nd October 2018.
What: Think Oktoberfest is just about the beer? Then think again! Every year, Munich holds the world’s largest folk festival, attracting around six million visitors across the two weeks. There are colourful parades, dancing and fairground rides, as well as a lot of drinking and a lot of eating. This is the place to blow that pre-wedding diet out of the water!  
Why: Grab your Lederhosen and Dirndls and embrace the Bavarian party spirit! Book into one of the 14 tents, each with their own character and quirks, and toast married life with a beer (or three), German sausage and a giant pretzel. Once you’ve had your fill of partying, stay on to explore the city. Munich has an elegant, laid-back charm, gloriously grand architecture and a fantastic foodie reputation.


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Carnivale Di Venezia
When: From 27th January–13th February 2018.
What: This 12-day long celebration, in the stunning Italian city of Venice, is all about opulence and elegance. Join the crowds in extravagant baroque fancy dress and take in the various musical and theatrical performances in Piazza San Marco and the procession of decorated boats and gondolas down the Grand Canal. The Carnivale’s high point must be the Grand Masked Ball; a chance to dress up and feel like you’re in a film.
Why: Italy is the place for romance, and Venice is one of the most magical cities in the world. The Carnivale adds an extra air of flamboyance which is so uniquely Venetian. Just make sure you get involved while you’re there!

Words by Sarah Dawson

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